People don't seem to believe the dangers of DU until they become ill from it themselves or know someone who does. After a friend's young husband, stationed in Iraq, died suddenly of Leukemia, I did some research in the hopes that it could save the lives of other military personnel and millions of innocent civilians.
Please consider these short summaries from many sources. Go to the links for the entire articles.
Contact your Representatives and Senators in Congress. Call 1-800-614-2803 and give your zip code to be connected to each office. Vote for Dennis Kucinich who says, "As President, I will order an end to the United States' illegal use of depleted uranium munitions..." http://www.ratical.org/radiation/DU/DKonDU.html
Approximately 436,000 US ground troops were exposed to DU during the 1991 Gulf War, and more than 10,000 of these brave men and women have died as a direct result of their exposure. Over 250,000 more of them are currently seeking medical treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs for DU-related illnesses including: leukemia, lung cancer, chronic kidney disorders, liver cancer, bone cancer, respiratory ailments, chronic fatigue, skin spotting, joint pain, and testicular cancer. http://ratical.com/ratville/CAH/ltr2soldiers.html
A US Army-commissioned health report issued just days before the Gulf war noted that radiation is linked with cancer and said that "no dose [of DU] is so low that the probability of effect is zero.
A confidential preliminary UN report leaked in May 1999, as the bombing continued, did not mince words: "This type of ammunition is nuclear waste, and its use is very dangerous and harmful," it said. After NATO released its figures, the UN recommended that "measures should be taken to prevent access."
Since 1990, the incidence of leukemia in Iraq has grown by more than 600 percent. Iraqi physicians have been reporting sharp increases in cancers such as lymphomas and leukemia in Iraq, as well as an increase in birth defects.
Gulf War veterans, plagued by a variety of illnesses, have been found to have traces of uranium in their blood, feces, urine and semen. The U.S. Defense Department doesn't want to admit that DU is harmful because they don't want the liability. When the U.S.’s NATO allies demanded that the U.S. disclose the chemical and metallic properties of its munitions, the Pentagon refused. It has also refused to order the testing of U.S. soldiers. http://baltimorechronicle.com/duranium_dec01.html
As of July 1999, of the 579,000 American veterans who participated in the Gulf War, 251,000 (43%) were seeking medical treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs. About 182,000 (31%) were seeking compensation for medical disabilities or damage related to illness or injury. The illnesses for which claims are being filed include leukemia, lung cancer, chronic kidney and liver disorders, respiratory ailments, chronic fatigue, skin spotting, and joint pain. DU burns on impact, dispersing minute radioactive particles into the air. This radiation, in combination with high chemical toxicity, contaminates the environment and produces harmful effects in animals and humans.
Depleted uranium in the semen of the soldiers internally contaminated their wives. In a US Government study on post-Gulf War babies born to veterans, babies were born without eyes, ears, had missing organs, fused fingers, thyroid or other malfunctions.
Soldiers who served in Bradley fighting vehicles, where it was common to sit on ammunition boxes where depleted uranium ammunition was stored, are now reporting that many have rectal cancer.
... chronic myeloid leukemia chronic respiratory infections colon cancer ...
Described as the Trojan Horse of nuclear war, depleted uranium is the weapon that keeps killing. The half-life of Uranium-238 is 4.5 billion years. There is no way to turn it off, and there is no way to clean it up. It meets the US Government’s own definition of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Particles remain suspended in air and travel around the earth as a radioactive component of atmospheric dust, contaminating the environment, indiscriminately killing, maiming and causing disease in all living things.
"When I saw my deformed grandson, I realized that my hopes of the future have vanished for good...... I know we are part of the invisible genocide brought on us by America, a silent death from which I know we will not escape."
(Jooma Khan of Laghman province, March 2003)
Four reasons why using depleted uranium weapons violates the UN Convention on Human Rights:
– Weapons must not continue to act after the battle is over.
– Weapons must not be unduly harmful to the environment.
– Weapons must not act off of the battlefield.
– Weapons must not kill or wound inhumanly.
Because of mysterious illnesses and post-war birth defects reported among Gulf War veterans and civilians in southern Iraq, and radiation related illnesses in UN Peacekeepers serving in Yugoslavia, growing concerns about radiation effects and environmental damage has stirred up international outrage about the use of radioactive weapons by the US after 1991. At the 2003 meeting of parties to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, discussing the U.S. desire to maintain its nuclear weapons stockpile, the Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi AKIBA stated,
"It is incumbent upon the rest of the world ... to stand up now and tell all of our military leaders that we refuse to be threatened or protected by nuclear weapons. We refuse to live in a world of continually recycled fear and hatred".
It is up to the citizens of the world to stop the depleted uranium wars, and future nuclear wars, causing irreversible devastation.
If you are skeptical about the reliability of Internet sources, this video is Dr. Doug Rokke, US Army Health Physicist, Nuclear Medicine Sciences Officer. Dr. Rokke was in charge of the Army's effort to clean up DU in Iraq after the first Gulf War. Many in his unit died of the effects of DU, and he himself is 40% disabled because of it. (If you have slow speed just click on the link or copy & paste, and wait a half hour. It will be worth the wait to hear Dr. Rokke and understand the dangers of depleted uranium.)
Depleted Uranium - The Ultimate Dirty Bomb -10 min.
Leukemia, congenital defects - 430,000 US troops in contaminated areas
During the Gulf War in 1991, US and UK forces used a new weapon against Iraq. This new weapon, the depleted uranium (DU) projectile, is radioactive. Unlike atomic or hydrogen bombs, it involves no nuclear fusion or fission, but nine years after the end of the war, adverse health effects from DU exposure continue to manifest among military personnel and civilians in Iraq where the fighting took place, and among US and British veterans and their families. As I traveled through the US, UK, and Iraq to cover this story, I was confronted at every turn by the sad and frightening spectre of "discounted casualties,"- people exposed to depleted uranium and other toxic substances, and now tormented by leukemia and a whole array of chronic disorders. http://www.chugoku-np.co.jp/abom/uran/special/index.html
LONDON, July 31, 1999 -- (Reuters) - Depleted uranium shells leave a legacy of birth defects and death, scientists told a conference in London Friday, warning that the radioactive ammunition will cause the same health problems in Kosovo as it has in Iraq.
recently died of leukemia.
ROME, Dec 30, 2000 -- (AFP) - An Italian soldier who served as a peacekeeper in Bosnia has died of leukemia linked to radiation exposure from depleted uranium arms, according to the latest edition of the Italian gendarmes' newspaper.
Several cases of leukemia have been recorded amongst Dutch veterans of the Balkans.
Sunday Herald (Scotland), Jan. 7, 2001 - Leaked documents back cover-up claim - The Pentagon scientist who briefed Britain and America on the lethal health risks to Western troops of using depleted-uranium (DU) shells claims he warned the allied powers as far back as 1991 that the explosives could cause cancer, mental illness and birth defects. Professor Doug Rokke, ex- director of the Pentagon's Depleted-Uranium Project, says the USA and UK have covered up the hazards, despite the rising death toll among allied troops who fought in the Gulf from illnesses linked to DU exposure, including Gulf War syndrome.
A Must Watch Video
Poison DUst tells the story of young soldiers who thought they came home safely from the war, but didn't. Of a veteran's young daughter whose birth defect is strikingly similar to birth defects suffered by many Iraqi children. - Every American who cares about our troops should watch this film. Everyone who cares about the innocent civilians who live in the countries where these weapons are used should watch this film.
these references are copies, the actual regulations and orders and other pertinent official documents: